When do puppies stop teething?
Puppies, just like our human babies, grow teeth after birth. Unfortunately, this means teething pain and a strong desire to chew everything (which can sometimes last until they are a year old). It also means that they will need a lot of patience and love from you, as they won't be able to tell you when their teeth are bothering them... So support your little puppies in these difficult times!
At what age do puppies start teething?
The exact moment when a puppy starts to have teeth varies from breed to breed, but the process usually starts around 3 weeks. Incisors are usually the first teeth to appear. Puppies usually have six on the upper and lower gums. Then, the four canines appear at about 4 weeks of age, next to the incisors, followed by 12 premolars and molars (6 on the upper gum, 6 on the lower gum). The teething process in puppies takes between 6 and 8 months, but again, the exact time frame varies from dog to dog and can last up to a year.
At what age do puppies lose their teeth?
As your dog's jaw develops, his baby teeth must fall out before his permanent teeth can come out. Tooth loss in puppies usually begins around 3 to 4 months of age, starting with the incisors. Between 4 and 7 months of age, the other teeth begin to fall out.
When do dogs get all their teeth?
By the time your puppy reaches eight months of age, all of his puppy teeth should have fallen out and he will have grown about 42 adult teeth, impressive isn't it?
How to help your puppy teethe
Your puppy will have an intense need to chew, which will help relieve the discomfort of teething. Chewing also helps dislodge his puppy teeth to make room for his adult teeth. To help them, they'll need things to chew on or they'll attack your furniture!
So look for durable, non-toxic chew toys for puppies. These toys are always clearly labeled to indicate the age of the puppy for which they are intended, it is essential to choose a toy that is appropriate for the age and dentition of the puppy, as the wrong toy can damage his teeth and gums, or even break it and swallow pieces. So don't hesitate to change your puppy's toy regularly, even though it can be expensive, it's a necessary purchase!
Also try to gather a collection of dental sticks or chew bones, as variety is essential to entertain a puppy. When he gets tired of a chew toy, your chair or table leg may suddenly seem very appealing! Keep valuables, electrical cords and anything else that's dangerous out of your puppy's reach. And if your puppy starts chewing on something you don't want him to, don't punish him, just move him away from the object he's chewing on and point him toward a toy or a suitable dental product. Praise him when he chooses the right chew toy, as positive reinforcement will help him choose that item again!
There are also some toys that you can place small pieces of food in, or even the delicious Hello Jack supplements ;) This will not only satisfy his chewing needs, but also provide some fun mental stimulation!
Try to be around your puppy at all times when he's chewing, so you can watch and protect him. The urge to chew should subside after a year of age. However, dogs tend to need to chew throughout their lives, so they will always need appropriate toys and dental chews. It's fun, it relaxes them, it works their jaws and it can even help maintain oral hygiene and health if you invest in specially designed chew sticks!
At what age can puppies start to eat dry food?
Puppies can eat dry food from about 6 to 8 weeks of age, once they are fully weaned. However, many puppies stop eating when they are teething because their gums hurt and their teeth become loose. So if your puppy is reluctant to eat dry food, it's probably because of this. So try mixing half of his kibble with a puppy-friendly wet food to soften and moisten the dry, hard food, or just try softening the dry food with hot water, but be careful not to burn your poor puppy!
If you decide to mix wet and dry foods, be sure to reduce the amount of each so that they form a single portion of food. It's important that you don't overfeed your dog, or he'll gain weight unnecessarily, which can lead to serious health problems later on.